A company specializing in synthetic filaments for brushes and brooms faces $258,271 in penalties imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for inadequate guarding on rotating machinery and other violations.

In September 2019, an employee at Monahan Filaments LLC in Arcola, Illinois, suffered fractures and third-degree burns to their hand while setting up a production line. OSHA cited Monahan for failure to control hazardous energy sources, and inadequate machine guarding on rotating parts and nip points.

Following an inspection, OSHA also cited the company for a repeat violation for not training employees to perform energy control procedures during set-up operations.

"Injuries from machine hazards are preventable when machine guarding and lockout /tagout standards are followed," said Department of Labor deputy assistant secretary Loren Sweatt. "OSHA has resources available to help employers and workers understand requirements for properly safeguarding equipment."

OSHA placed Monahan in the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program which focuses on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to OSHA regulations through repeated violations.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.